Space & Service Design
Design for Change
One year specialisation in the design of spatial and service design.
Space & Service Design is an emerging design discipline which aims at improving the experience of the users of (semi-) public spaces and services.
Research-led design and user-centred methodologies lead to the design of relevant services and service contexts (spaces, objects, furniture and communication tools) for society-oriented design challenges.
During this international programme (60 ECTS) you will have the opportunity to participate in real-life design projects and co-design workshops for real clients, mainly non-profit and social enterprises. These projects will be supported by a sound set of practice-based subjects, lectures and tutorials in English.
Postgraduates in Space and Service Design develop, in an international class setting, their knowledge of user-centred experiences, research for design, service contexts and methodologies. The major goal is to create sustainable added value for clients and users of (semi-) public spaces and services.
The Postgraduate in Space and Service Design stimulates designers to be socially aware and proactive change agents in their design community.
This programme is developed in collaboration with the Unit Interior, Design & Architecture
Course content and approach
- First Semester
- Second Semester
- Targeted students
- Personal coaching
- Go International
The first semester will provide you with knowledge and skills in environment & service design, research for design and service design methodologies and tools. This information will support you to develop creative design ideas and to deliver relevant solutions.
You collaborate in international, multidisciplinary design teams in challenging real-life design projects, taking up different designer roles and interacting with clients and users. You will apply and share your previous design knowledge.
You prepare your professional experience and conduct the research for your final design brief.
You can extend your programme with electives such as design communication, languages and intercultural communication, depending on your previous knowledge and skills and personal interest.
The second semester offers you the opportunity to excel in an individual real-life project and an (international) internship or client project.
In the individual major project you will demonstrate your research skills and your ability to define the tangible and intangible context and needs. You create relevant user-centred design solutions which you effectively communicate using adequate media.
You already have a design degree (BA or MA in interior design or interior architecture, architecture, product or industrial design, furniture design, graphic design, … design, …) but ...
- you are convinced that designers are not only responsible for the shape of spaces and objects but also for the experiences and well-being of all users in order to achieve true change.
- you share the idea that the future-proof designer has a role to play in tackling contemporary social, cultural and economic challenges through evidence-based and human-centred design.
- you want to learn even more how to apply designers’ skills, methods and user-centred approaches to improve spaces, objects, communication and services so they become more effective and closer to day-to-day lives.
- you want to exchange knowledge and skills and collaborate in a cross-disciplinary way in challenging design projects in specific and real contexts such as Design for Learning, Design for Health, Design for Ageing, Design for Sustainable Development, Design for Hospitality, Design for Nature Preservation and much more.
- you are looking for a specialisation course which can empower and complement your current design competencies.
Throughout the design process, student teams are coached by a team of design professionals, teachers and researchers. They collaborate with stakeholders, users and experts from the project field through research, participatory design, co-creation or feed-back sessions.
Furthermore, students are supported by ID&A services such as Whats’on (the Design Learning Centre and Fab-Lab) and the ID&A Workshop Facilities (wood/metal/plastic workshop).
Fostering global awareness and international and intercultural collaboration is vital for a society-oriented design course. Therefore we strive to attract international students with their specific design knowledge and cultural background in order to create an international class-setting.
Student learning is facilitated through a range of workshops, seminars, lectures and tutorials of both national and international professionals and experts. You will be able to connect with other service design schools and networks.
In the second semester, students can make the transition to the professional design field through an internship or a service project. During the past decade the ID&A unit collaborated with various professional, national and international design firms looking for talented interns.
- One year programme
One year programme
One year programme
- Required courses
- Space & Service Design (12 credits)
- Design & Research (possible exemption for MA's or ID&A students) (3 credits)
- ID&A Elective courses
- Design communication (6 credits)
- Autocad (3 credits)
- Thomas More elective International courses (depending on course schedules)
- Intercultural communication (3 credits)
- Language: survival Dutch, Chinese, French, German, Spanish (3 credits)
Semester 1 + 2
- Space & Service Design Seminars (6 credits)
- The future-proof designer (3 credits)
- Required courses
- Professional experience (12 credits)
- Final project Space & Service Design (24 credits)
Take a look in the programme guide for more details.
- Required courses
Why choose Space & Service Design
Partners In Education
Our approach is demand-driven and aims at responding to real-life design problems. Consequently every year is different and offers new opportunities for collaboration. Current and previous clients include: City of Mechelen, Social House of Mechelen, House of Entrepreneurs Mechelen, Natuurpunt, Regional Landscape Riverland, Agentschap voor Natuur en Bos, Flanders DC, Samenlevingsopbouw (Community Development), Ekisande vzw, several public services, NGOs and service design organisations, design and architecture internship agencies.
design Nature Experience Centre: Jone Vangoidsenhoven
Our campus is one of our main assets ... Campus Lucas Faydherbe is a stimulating, inspiring complex of large and light studios. No traditional school buildings, no corridors, no classrooms, but ateliers, workshops, a knowledge centre Fab Lab, a cosy foyer in a converted factory building. Prototypes and presentations are set up everywhere, ready to test, to be (re)viewed, admired...
Together we make school.
Space & service design project leads to realization
The collaboration with the students and teachers of Space & Service Design led to a fascinating design process, with a lot of educational exchanges between different actors, paying attention to the needs of socially vulnerable families and with a beautiful final result: the Playbike! - Stéphanie Vandenbossche - Social Worker - Society Building Antwerp Province vzw
picture: Isabel Rottiers | design Playbike: Elena Tytgat (Belgium), Lore Blockx (Belgium), Thomas Fendt (Germany)
Alles voor (toekomstige) studenten
Koen AnciauxAlderman of Welfare, Social Affairs, Elderly Policy at the City of Mechelen and Chair Social House Mechelen
We will look at the possibilities for the real execution of the most beautiful ideas. Thanks to the cooperation with the Space & Service Design students we have new insights and our residential care centre keeps moving in terms of living, meeting and art.